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Kerala DGP orders inquiry into moral policing of cops

23 February 2017

"In our country we impose self-restrain on Public Display of Affection (PDA) due to our culture and tradition", writes the chief, "though there is no legal ban for PDA".

The couple was eventually taken to a police station and then let off. Vishnu and Aarathy were sitting at a public park in Thiruvananthapuram when two women constables approached and started quizzing them.

Kerala's Police Commissioner Lokanath Behera on Wednesday ordered an inquiry into a case where a couple in the state went live on Facebook to expose police personnel accosting them over their "vulgar behaviour". The DGP said the investigation will be headed by Thiruvananthapuram Range IG Manoj Abraham.

Expressing dismay at the incident, he affirmed that no one had the right to 'disturb or harass any couple anywhere more so in public places'.

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However, many people in the society do not support public display of affection in any public place and they normally call the police. Answered in the negative, they said they would not "endorse" such behaviour, she added.

At this point, the couple turned the tables by recording the incident on a phone and going on Facebook live video with it. To this, Vishnu demanded to know what we had done wrong. At first, we did not agree to be taken to the station. It is learnt Arathy had left her house earlier to live with Vishnu.

The cops took the couple to the police station, where they were fined Rs 200 for indulging in "public nuisance". Then two male officers joined and one of them verbally abused me. "Once at the station, they summoned our parents, who said that they do not want to interfere in the matter", Vishnu had told The News Minute soon after the incident. Police also said that the couple was arrested as they were reluctant to give their identity.

Kerala DGP orders inquiry into moral policing of cops